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We organize our members and voters to elect candidates that will build power for working people and strengthen our movement. Endorsements are not just a stat...


Montgomery County MDC DSA

The Montgomery County branch of Metro DC DSA organizes to build local democracy, fight for tax justice and against austerity, demand rent control and sustain...

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August 21, 2020 Weekly Update

This week: activists to rally against gentrification, build direct action capacity, and rally for graduate student workers.

August 14, 2020 Weekly Update

(Socialy Distant) in-person organizing returns in defense of rent strikers and the USPS. Meanwhile, new working groups grow to address extant national politi...

Reflections 1985: Race and the Left

Just as today, DSA 35 years ago was wrestling with how, as a predominately white organization, it could effectively work across racial lines and forge ties w...

July 17, 2020 Weekly Update

As economic stagnation and pandemic terror continue to haunt residents of the DMV, local organizers direct outrage and frustration on a wide range of local c...

Minutes – Steering Meeting, 7/07/20

Facilitator: Irene K Secretary: Ryan M Also Attending: Gabe R, Kurtis H, Paola S, Rachel B, Stu K, Ali M Absent: Brian W (excused), Tim Z (excused), Peter G

Reflections: A Tale of Two Cities

This article, published in the June 1992 issue of the Washington Socialist looks at two uprisings from that time triggered by police violence: in DC’s Mount ...

Defunding MPD

A wide network of activists and organizers, fueled by popular uprising in DC, provides a legitimate political opening for local change.

Police Reform and the Working Class

The left should see the problem of police brutality as the multiracial class issue that it is, and the left should propose specific policy alternatives to th...

June 5, 2020 Weekly Update

Progressive victory in DC comes as military occupation attempts to quell local uprising against police brutality.

Pixel Riot

Socialists on parade in the first game released by Pixel Pushers Union 512.

Reflections from the Past - 1983

Hilda Mason was not only a longtime DC councilmember but also an open socialist, making her one of the few DSA members in elected office prior to 2017.

The Battle for Rent Control

Following pandemic hardship and fears of displacement, stronger tenant protections have never been more urgent.

May 22, 2020 Weekly Update

Campaigners across the DMV prepare for upcoming elections as the struggle against pandemic hardship rages on.

How Did DSA Build Out of Bernie?

John G. DSA Member With Bernie officially suspending his campaign, DSA members are left to assess our role and what we were able to achieve. John G offers...

April 10, 2020 Weekly Update

Although Bernie has ended his national campaign, local campaigns continue to act on the energy and inspiration invoked by the electoral endeavor.

Reflections from the Past: 1985

Bill Mosley Editor and Contributor ** Labor’s present-day struggles against capital – and sometimes, amongst itself – are reflected in this 1985 Socialist in...

Mar 13, 2020 Weekly Update

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Feeling the Bern in Nova

The Washington Socialist <> Weekly Update March 6 2020 By Eric S On Saturday, February 29 I went down to the Bernie Sanders rally in Springfield, Vir...

Mar 6, 2020 Weekly Update

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Building Strategy for Our Movement

The grassroots activism and organizing that has been powering the Sanders campaign is succeeding. Elite business and political interests are sweating at the ...

Feb 27, 2020 Weekly Update

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Dec 12, 2019 Weekly Update

This weekend – TODAY (see below) is Just Transition week at Fire Drill Friday; SATURDAY Dec. 14, Community Rally/testimony vs. Amazon in Arlington; Stomp Out...



About Us

Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America is a chapter of the national Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist organization in the United Sta...

Structure and Campaigns

Committees Metro DC DSA has five standing committees. Committees are intended to oversee the chapter’s health and function, and to facilitate our other struc...

Red Desk

The Red Desk is Metro DC DSA’s internal support system. At the Red Desk, you can submit requests for pretty much anything in the chapter, including: Socia...

Harassment and Grievance Policy

Democratic Socialists of America: Harassment Policy Written by The Harassment Working Group, passed as Resolution 33 at the 2017 DSA Convention on Aug. 4, 20...

Metro DC DSA Statements Archive

Members are encouraged to submit position papers for consideration ahead of general membership meetings. Metro DC DSA solicits these statements in the hopes ...



What is Marxism?

A focus on how Marxists view capitalism, how capitalist profit is rooted in the exploitation of labor, and how the class struggle results from this.

Social Reproduction

The question of social reproduction is the question of how workers are reproduced in order to keep capitalism surging.

Rent Strike

What are tenants doing to fight for their homes in the middle of pandemic, and how does it fit with historical tenant struggles?


Neoliberalism and its ascendence into a hegemonic doctrine in global affairs is identified and discussed in this globally minded session.

Repression of Dissent

This session will cover the history of repression of dissent and the US left, focusing largely on the role of the FBI in conducting political surveillance.

A Socialist Response to COVID-19

In this session, we explore how a socialist government has responded to COVID in India, and what lessons socialists can draw from it.

The Anticommunist Crusades

Journalist Vincent Bevins joins us to discuss his new book The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our...

Ecosocialism and the Green New Deal

Ecosocialism is a framework for combining insights from the rich tradition of Marxist social analysis with scientific knowledge of our biosphere. How does e...

Police Abolition

In this session, we discussed what policing is, what abolition means, what abolitionists do, how abolitionist approaches differ from other critiques (like ma...

Uber and the Gig Economy

This session explores how DC became a legislative model for Uber, how Uber became an institutional actor in the city, and what such an arrangement means for ...

DC Budget 101

The path to racial and economic justice in DC must go through the city budget. This session provided an introduction to the DC budget process, budget advoca...

School Privatization in DC

Over the last several decades, public education has been under attack by corporate and private entities looking to profit from K-12 education. In this sessi...


February 2020

The roots of socialism march along nationally and in Maryland.

March 2020

This month, writers ponder about the past and future of the socialist movement.

April 2020

Investigating the implications of coronavirus on the future of capitalism and socialism.

May 2020

Economic crisis and global pandemic cloud a larger celebration of May Day.

June 2020

Campaigns for left-wing policy reach their paramount as primary elections come to DC and Maryland.

July 2020

A national uprising against abusive justice systems fuel a new movement to defund policing systems in DC and across the country.

August 2020

This month, socialists consider how to best navigate a political reality threatened by growing fascism, economic turmoil, and national unrest.